R&D Tech II, Histology

Lake County, Illinois
May 11, 2021
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
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At AbbVie, Preclinical Safety (PCS) is responsible for all aspects of Toxicology, Pathology, and Comparative Medicine. The Department of Pathology in PCS at AbbVie has an opening for Associate Scientist I to conduct laboratory functions including histology and microscopy techniques (tissue processing, slide preparation, immunohistochemistry) and digital pathology. 


  • Consistently produce high quality histological slides
  • Apply knowledge of chemical rationals for staining procedures
  • Recognize variations in tissue specimens
  • Establish and exercise proper quality control
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate results at each tissue processing step to maintain quality control
  • Completely follow established experimental protocols and assess results with supervision
  • Recognize and report experimental variances
  • Assist in whole slide scanning, digital image storage and management 
  • Apply basic scientific principles to research
  • Learn and effectively implement new experimental protocols and/or techniques.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and optimize laboratory operations for efficient use of time, laboratory supplies and reagents, when appropriate
  • Understand and adhere to corporate standards regarding code of conduct, safety, appropriate handling of materials and GxP compliance.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent education with minimum eight years’ post-graduate experience in a laboratory setting; Associates degree with minimum six years post-graduate experience in a laboratory setting; or a BS/BA with minimum four years post-graduate experience in a laboratory setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS in biology or chemistry
  • Histotechnologist Certification (HT)
  • 2 years of experience within a histology/pathology laboratory within a GLP pharmaceutical company, CRO, hospital or diagnostic company. Capable of developing immunohistochemical protocols.
  • Immunohistochemistry (IHC) experience
  • Applicable animal experience 
  • Digital Pathology experience, whole slide scanning, imaging and storage of data.

Desired Attributes:

  • Well organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Detailed oriented
  • Ability to work and effectively communicate with a team environment.

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